7 simple steps that ACTUALLY MATTER to building a winning pinewood derby car. I built a car in 45 minutes using these steps and crushed all the competition by more than 2 car lengths (proof is in the video :) Special thanks to Steve at DerbyMonkey.com for providing his expertise and materials for the video.

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HERE'S HOW I MADE THE ROCKET CAR: automobilrevue.net/v/dmxCeFBqeGFjc2s

7 Key Steps:
1. Max weight ~1" in front of rear axle
2. Reasonably aerodynamic
3. Ride on 3 wheels
4. Lightweight wheels
5. Bent polished axles
6. Railride/alignment
7. Lots o' graphite


Dr. Acton's video: pinewoodphysics.com/index.html

Pre-polished, bent axles to purchase: www.derbymonkeygarage.com/pre-bent-pinewood-derby-axles-p/1404.htm

Also on derbydust.com which is where the photo came from

Lightweight wheel options to purchase: www.derbymonkeygarage.com/wheels/

More details on polishing the axles: automobilrevue.net/v/d2RkLVpGYmVtSVU

Axle bender tool: automobilrevue.net/v/WnBOUnQwRjFZWFE

More details on Rail Rider alignment: automobilrevue.net/v/OUg5NnV1Zm55Z2s

Materials used in the video provided by www.derbymonkeygarage.com. It's also the only place I could find the pre-polished bent polished axles. Link provided above.

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    • Triggered Nation
      Triggered Nation

      But apparently jet propulsion is against the rules.. *Proceeds to fly past literally both cars and the whole flipping track*

      about 6 hours ago
    • MaStars

      designed parts for NASA... but can't spell axle? lol

      about 6 hours ago
    • unnie the unicorn and addy Banzil
      unnie the unicorn and addy Banzil

      Why are you even explaining it, they dont even understand it.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Joke joke joke

      about 7 hours ago
    • Azulmine

      This video made me realize mark rober is mormon lol

      about 9 hours ago
    • C C
      C C

      Pinewood Derby was totally ruined by the internet. Now kids can just look up a perfect design instead of trying to improve their own designs.

      about 13 hours ago
    • sugibudder

      So would the ideal tactic be to place a tungsten rod into the car at the correct place? or would that be cheating :p

      about 17 hours ago
    • jessodepresso

      does this count as revision for my physics exam tomorrow?

      about 18 hours ago
    • Elvin Anderman
      Elvin Anderman

      I want this Guy to teach me about physics in school

      about 1 day ago
    • Job Phillip
      Job Phillip

      90% of his video is just talking about frictions and kinetic energy.
      We know what that is.... just add weight to the derby car

      about 1 day ago
    • DeShawn Smith
      DeShawn Smith

      Take notes scouts πŸ“

      about 1 day ago
    • Creates Flip
      Creates Flip

      When a NASA worker quits his job...

      about 1 day ago
    • Matt Walsh
      Matt Walsh In reply to Creates Flip

      Creates Flip lol

      about 15 hours ago
    • hamburger ofDOOM
      hamburger ofDOOM

      I know this video is old but I have one these and kids thought is it was going to be slow but it was one of the fastest sadly I came in second place in the last race cause my buddy's wheel came off of his and slowed down mine car

      about 1 day ago
    • Fancjak

      I've come to watch racing car not physics

      about 1 day ago
    • Noah Dauphinais
      Noah Dauphinais


      about 1 day ago
    • Yellow bananago
      Yellow bananago

      Wow, 5 years ago

      about 1 day ago
    • ph1lthyvision

      My nephew is totally gonna get the janky duct tape car that smokes the field! Nice tip πŸ‘πŸ»

      about 1 day ago
    • Antichrist

      Why have 4 wheels if one is lifted?

      about 1 day ago
    • saksham soni
      saksham soni

      Why don't you open a channel for senior school science classes

      about 2 days ago
    • Travis Scavoni
      Travis Scavoni

      Another big factor in winning the Pinewood Derby is having honest people running the event.

      about 2 days ago
    • Ivan Choy
      Ivan Choy

      Two materiel and the weight huh...




      about 2 days ago
    • Travis Morris
      Travis Morris

      Another trick I learned building them is I rounded off the tires and polished them as well. Reducing contact patch on the tires in turn reducing friction. My daughter won both years she did the powder puff derby.

      about 2 days ago
    • Ryan Flores
      Ryan Flores

      The car hydroplaned

      about 2 days ago
    • Grill Me Pizza
      Grill Me Pizza

      This bring back good memories

      about 2 days ago
    • James Burk
      James Burk

      everyone knows that flames make it go faster.

      about 2 days ago
    • RklaydPlayz

      Who understood anything?

      about 2 days ago
    • The Lazy Cubers
      The Lazy Cubers

      Wish I knew this in cub scouts

      about 2 days ago
    • C Little
      C Little

      My dads friend won nationals like 50 years ago just by polishing yhe hell out of the wheel axels

      about 2 days ago
    • katgirl 123
      katgirl 123

      My school don’t use a hill we use the little canister things what would be the best way to build them

      about 2 days ago
    • Andrew Films Productions
      Andrew Films Productions

      I feel smart while watching his videos

      about 2 days ago
    • Alex Ciampa
      Alex Ciampa

      This guy think he a genius

      about 2 days ago